Part pop history and part whimsical memoir in the spirit of National Lampoon's VacationDont Make Me Pull Over! is a nostalgic look at the golden age of family road tripsa halcyon era that culminated in the latter part of the twentieth century, before portable DVD players, iPods, and Google Maps.In the days before cheap air travel, families didnt so much take vacations as survive them. Between home and destination lay thousands of miles and dozens of annoyances, and with his family Richard Ratay experienced all of themfrom being crowded into the backseat with noogie-happy older brothers, to picking out a souvenir only to find that a better one might have been had at the next attraction, to dealing with a dad who didnt believe in bathroom breaks.The birth of America's first interstate highways in the 1950s hit the gas pedal on the road trip phenomenon and families were soon streamingsans seatbelts!to a range of sometimes stirring, sometimes wacky locations. Frequently, what was remembere...
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Don't Make Me Pull Over!: An Informal History of the Family Road Trip Reviews
After reading the great review in The Wall Street Journal, I had to run out and buy the book: Don't Make Me Pull Over!: An Informal History of the Family Road Trip by Richard Ratay. I recommend that you do the same. The book does not disappoint and is a fun ride down memory lane. Mr. Ratay shares his own families road trip experiences and travel trivia in such a fun and entertaining way that you feel that you're traveling along with him his family in the 1970's and 1980's. Mr. Ratay’s storytelli ...more
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I picked this up hoping for "Bill Bryson Does Road Trips - and not in a "mean" way, like Lost Continent."
It's not. (Shocking, I know.) But it does have appeal for fans of Bryson's weaving-obscure-history-into-memoir oeuvre. The nostalgic reminiscing that Ratay uses to tie together his historical tangents is a mostly unsubstantial and sometimes clunky framing device, but it DOES serve to get us to those tangents - and that's where Don't Make Me Pull Over! shines. Ratay's breezy, "isn't this inter ...more
Gee willikers this is a fun book and blast to the past honoring the great family road trips of days gone by. Ratay and I are close in age, both the youngest of four kids and I felt kinship as he chronicles his family’s car trips in simpler times before electronics, google maps and seat belts.
Ratay has similar humor to one of my favorites, Bill Bryson. He intertwines personal experiences with interesting history of our highways and byways, beloved landmarks, and recognizes trailblazers and vision ...more
Don’t Make Me Pull Over is a tribute to the American family road trip, but the book encompasses a whole host of topics – 1960’s and 1970’s pop culture, the history of roads in the U.S. including the creation of interstate highways, a short look at airline regulation and eventually deregulation, the development of motels, the creation of the drive-through, and so much more. Much like Rocket Men by Robert Kurson, Ratay effectively weaves in fascinating factual detail fluidly providing information ...more
If the cover and the title make you curious about the book, chances are, you will enjoy it. The design evokes nostalgia and humor, and Richard Ratay delivers both. In between reminiscences of family road trips from his own childhood in the 1970s, Ratay explores some of the aspects of road tripping, such as the interstate highway system, rest stops, and drive-thru restaurants. He looks at the rise of automobile travel, paved roads, camping, and motels. Some detours include thoughts on video games ...more
“Don’t Make Me Pull Over” by Richard Ratay, published by Scribner.
Category – Travel/Comedy Publication Date – July 03, 2018.
Remember the family vacation where the family was packed into the car and the fun began. This book tells the story that most of us have lived through, either as children or parents.
Watch out for the noogie!
This was a time before cell phones, hand computers, GPS, and in care movies. Mom kept everyone contained, well for the most part, by playing silly games. How about the li ...more
This is a great and entertaining book that provides a history of family road trips from the post-war era. It includes a history of the interstate highway system, drive through restaurants, amusement parks, motels, and even airline deregulation. The author was the youngest of four in a 1970s road tripping family, and his stories of driving in giant cars, through the night, with a dad more concerned about making time than stopping for food, bathroom or sleep breaks were hilarious and will resonate ...more